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This review is from: MSI DS502 USB Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset
Pros: - In game sound recreation is good.
- Headphones are light and comfortable.
Cons: - Website drivers broken/non functional forcing me to use the supplied CD.
- Music playback is marginal. All the sounds come off really flat.
- Cheesy options and lights. Things like needless backlit and vibrating cans.
Other Thoughts: These headphones were packaged as a "bonus item" with my motherboard. I didn't want them and I didn't need them, I would have much preferred the 69.99 be deducted from the price of my mobo. They've been sitting unopened on a shelf for the last 2 months till I decided to break them out and give them a try. Maybe I would be pleasantly surprised.
Since I don't have and optical drive installed, I went to MSI.com and downloaded the needed drivers. They don't work. Or at least the ones I downloaded didn't work. Had to dig out the portable and use the disc. That cost an egg and a half.
After figuring out the software, I plugged them in and fired up some tunes. These things are HORRIBLE at music playback. Granted, I have a set of AudioTechnica ATH-M50 headphones, so that's a tough set of cans to beat. The MSI DS502's are just simply flat and textureless in their playback regardless of the tweaks I made. My earbuds blow these away in terms of music. That lost another egg.
Next I fired up a couple of games to see how they did there. This is where I was surprised and pleased. Did they blow my mind and how awesome they were? No they did not. But I was pleased to note that I could hear all the little noised going on, from the gunshots and explosions in the distance to my companions footsteps crunching in the dirt as they walked around me. Positional audio was decent as well. True 7.1? Hard to say as the game I tested with doesn't really support surround. But was it good enough to tell front from back? Absolutely.
Personally I don't like to game wearing headphones. I have a very nice set of speakers set up for 5.1 and I prefer that to headphones. When I do use headphones it's to listen to music without having to worry about bothering neighbors or family members if and when I turn up the volume. The DS502 will add another option. I can see myself using these in the late evenings when I want some volume, but don't want to disturb others with the bass rumbles of explosions and what not.
Pros: - 7 front mount, easy to access USB 3.0 ports.
- Decent looking design wise.
- L.E.D. to indicate active ports (Though LED is quite bright which might be considered a Con).
Cons: Nonfunctional device It's a total crapshoot if it's going to work or not.
Time after time I hear my computer sound its little connect/disconnect chime. Doesn't matter if there is anything plugged in or not. . I checked into updating the firmware. The firmware available for download at the manufacturers website is outdated and older than what is shipping on the devices.
Hub uses hard plastic nubs for feet. It could really use some nonskid rubber feet.
Other Thoughts: It's nice glossy black finish is a bit of a finger print magnet. Although this hub looks like it's big and heavy, it's not. It is a large hub, but doesn't have a lot of heft to it. (See Cons about the feet).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RIMP-11002 Soft Gaming Mouse Pad
Pros: Large, smooth and precise surface for my mouse to wander across.
Excellent value for the money. If you're on a budget but want a nice mouse pad? This is the ticket right here.
Cons: Sharp and rough edge. The pad appears to be cut or stamped from a larger piece of material. This process leaves it with a very defined edge which after time can become annoying to the palm of the hand.
Top left corner wont flatten out. Unrolled the pad when I first got It and it flattened right out. Not that left corner though. Now it sits there and mocks me.
Other Thoughts: All in all this is a decent mouse pad.
And depending on how you mouse and where you place your hand you wont have an issue. Unfortunately for me, I rest my hand on/near the edge of the mouse pad. The sharp edge starts to chafe and annoy the palm of my hand within minutes. So sadly, it will be boxed up and shelved.